How to transform your Android device into a professional camera

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Smartphones have essentially replaced point-and-shoot cameras for not only being more accessible and convenient but also in providing superior image quality. There’s virtually no reason to have a point-and-shoot camera anymore when you’re already carrying it with you wherever you go.

In fact, some smartphones excel in taking photos so much that they’re used for professional photo taking, too. They might not be as on par as a DSLR camera, but they do come pretty close. However, there are other ways to take your smartphone’s camera quality beyond the stock options. There are a lot of accessories and apps available that all work towards that common goal: producing the best image possible for a smartphone.

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Google and MIT showcase photography algorithm that eliminates reflections

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of Law & Order or CSI, you have probably noticed some outlandish forensic work involving photographs being used to aid the show’s team of detectives in furthering their investigation. Sometimes it’s clearing up pixelations or using a minute reflection in a window to read some perp’s name tag, which are all things that’s mostly cooked up in fantasy.

Until now…

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Motorola’s new focus on cameras shows with the Moto G (2015)

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Motorola devices have been haunted for years by bad cameras. There was an opportunity to change the poor camera quality perception in 2013 when Motorola reinvented itself; however, critics and consumers were only left disappointed yet again when the Moto X (2013) failed to deliver a camera comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2. Motorola’s low-end and mid-range devices obviously suffered from awful cameras, too. The Moto G (2013) had a 5MP camera while the Moto G (2014) raised that to 8MP. As we all know, megapixels mean nothing on paper. This year, with Lenovo overseeing the company, Motorola seems to have found itself a pretty good camera of 13MP on the Moto G (2015).

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Master summer photography with the LG G4 using Colby Brown’s tips

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Either Colby Brown is an amazing photographer or he has an infectious personality. Maybe it’s both. The photographer is again being featured by LG to provide advice. This time it is all about summer photography and taking it to the next level. Brown and LG firmly believe that the G4 is more than capable of being an alternative to a large DSLR while traveling. Although some of the tips may already be known by many, there are a few that everyone could find handy.

Hit the break for Brown’s tips.

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Best camera replacement apps for Android phones and tablets [June 2015]

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Last month we went over some of the best available apps for tweaking and editing your camera shots, all of which are solid choices for cleaning up your pictures before sharing them with the world. However, sometimes it’s better to line up the perfectly filtered shot to save yourself the hassle of editing things after the fact, and that’s where this guide comes in.

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How to shoot RAW or .DNG pictures on your Nexus 6 or Nexus 5

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Google introduced support for some neat photography tricks with the new Camera API shown off with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This has allowed developers to leverage its potential by allowing several new camera features for devices that don’t support it by default. One of those features is the enabling of RAW image capture with the stock camera. If you own a Nexus 5 or the Nexus 6, there’s now a way to enable this feature on your device. We’ll show you how. Read more

Afterlight, a photography editing app, now available in Play Store following iOS success

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There are many options when it comes to editing a photograph on a mobile device. You can go with an all-in-one like Instagram that is an editor and social network. Or you can use the bundled editing features shipped with your device. But there are standalone editing applications becoming increasingly popular due to the options set and the lack of social network features. The newest photography editor is Afterlight, making the move to Android after a successful tenure on iOS.

Simplicity with an impressive amount of tools, filters, and texures is the focus for Afterlight. There are fifteen tools to adjust an image. For filters, Afterlight has fifty nine and some of which are borrowed from other platforms. And there are sixty six textures to keep things different. Once you edit an image, you can always share it with other apps. Afterlight is $0.99 and the amount of features really justify its small price.

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